Story of the American West

Story of the American West

by Carol Sletten, Eric Kramer

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Overview

The legends of the American West — from Indian wars and massacres, to outlaw gangs and the struggles of settlers — come alive in the history of east-central Arizona. The forests, grasslands, mountain peaks and deep canyons have been witness to lost civilizations, conquistadors, Mountain Men and explorers. Cavalrymen battled the warriors of Geronimo and other famous Indian chiefs. Texas cowboys murdered Hispanic sheepherders. Mormons clashed with other settlers over land and the practice of polygamy.
Zane Grey, who did more than anyone to create the image of the Old West, visited regularly to collect material for his novels. But the rich details of the region’s history are more powerful than fiction.
For thousands of years, bands of native people struggled to live in the wildly beautiful but harsh environment with its unforgiving climate. The Desert Culture became the Anasazi and Mogollon civilizations, which in turn produced the Hopi and Zuni tribes. The Kachina religion of the Pueblos started in the area.
After wandering through North America for 10,000 years, some Apache bands began to spend most of their time in the White Mountains, gathering plants and hunting game.
Coronado, searching for the legendary seven cities of gold, found hardship and death in the desolate White Mountains and moved on. His countrymen fought the Apaches unsuccessfully for centuries. The region was still inaccessible to Europeans when Mexico ceded title to the Americans in 1848. Fur trappers and explorers came to the area, but moved on quickly.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148908883
Publisher: Wolf Water Press
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 438
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Carol Sletten moved to the White Mountains when she was in her early twenties and has studied Apache culture ever since — through scholarship, conducting newspaper interviews, friendships and community projects. She taught Apache students, hiked on the reservation, visited sacred sites and attended ceremonies.
Carol learned about the area’s history while working as an illustrator, reporter and oral history specialist – skills she acquired while studying art and writing at the University of Iowa.
She is grateful that her daughters, Heather and Selena, were able to grow up in a house surrounded by natural wonders. Carol and her husband, Eric Kramer, live and work in that same old rustic White Mountain cabin.
Eric Kramer is a successful journalist who rose to supervisory and management positions at the Associated Press, United Press International and Dow Jones & Co. while maintaining ties to rural Arizona and its community journalism.
As Global Desk Editor for Dow Jones & Co., he managed editing operations in New York, London and Singapore. Publication credits include the New York Times, Washington Post, Arizona Republic and most major newspapers.
He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master of business administration from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, N.J.

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